How bubba learns to speak - any language

In the first three years, Junior will actively pick up speech and language skills in the following stages.


 0-6 Months

Your newborn will acquire language skills through sounds, sights and being exposed to other people’s conversations. To boost her attempts to communicate, make sure to look at her, sing nursery rhymes, speak to her often, and imitate the sounds she makes.

During this period, she’s able to distinguish different sounds, so she’ll calm down or smile when she hears your (or her primary caretaker’s) voice. She will also use different crying sounds for various needs.

From around 3 months, your tot will start to gurgle, babble in a speech-like manner, and make sounds, especially those starting with “p”, “b” and “m”. This means she’s either responding to you or expressing excitement.

Play games with her. Teach her to imitate your actions, like blowing kisses, playing peekaboo, or talking her through her daily activities. For example, “Mummy is going to massage baby now.”


6-12 Months

Your sweetie can make out the different speech sounds by this stage, which means that she can recognise and understand the basic sounds of her native language.

Instead of bawling to get your attention, your baby will try to communicate verbally with you. She also knows what common items like “shoe” or “juice” are.

At around 7 months, while she’ll try to imitate different speech sounds, she would prefer using words like “ba” or “ma” as they’re easier to pronounce. Her first words might very well be “mum mum” or “dada”.

By her first birthday, she should be using one or two words including “hi”, “dog”, “dada” or “mama” — although they might not sound clear.


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